Operation Kalahari Desert restarts – Informanté
The second phase of the crime fighting strategy, Operation Kalahari Desert kicked off today and saw soldiers from the Namibian Defense Force as well as Namibian police officers of various ranks parade at the Hakahana football ground in Samora Machel constituency in Windhoek.
In his address to the brigade of officers and soldiers, the Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, said the new phase is a joint operation between the Namibian Police Force, the Namibian Defence, the Namibian Correctional Service, the Municipality of Windhoek Police Service and other stakeholders in the fight against crime, nationwide.
Ndeitunga further said that the maintenance of law and order is a matter of national importance which can be achieved through joint crime prevention efforts such as Operation Kalahari Desert.
He added that this operation will include identifying hiding places and hotspots for criminals, among others.
“I must emphasize that effective crime prevention can be achieved when leaders, communities and individual citizens join in the efforts of our security agencies to ensure that there will be no safe haven for criminals. in the Land of the Brave.” Ndeitunga noted.
The Commander further stated that the concerns raised by some entities and individuals from various sectors of our society – who are calling for the withdrawal of the Namibian Defense Force from the law enforcement operation will not be possible as the participation of these stakeholders is essential to our operations.
It should be noted that all members who will participate in phase II of the “Crime Prevention Operation in the Kalahari Desert” have undergone an intensive three-day training, including on conduct, roles and rules of commitment in the performance of their duties. Therefore, trust them that they will do their best to serve you with professionalism, diligence and concern for your human rights,” Ndeitunga reassured the audience.
He, however, called on the public to refrain from any act of lawlessness, attack on authority, obstruction of officers in the performance of their duties and lack of cooperation.
“As law enforcement, we will not tolerate unruly situations or unseemly behavior prevailing, thus calling on all peace-loving and law-abiding citizens to cooperate and respect authority, just as we would same with you.” he stated.
He further implored the officers to uphold and keep law, order and justice at the forefront of their concerns.
“Be fair, open-minded and professional in your dealings with everyone. Respect the Namibian Constitution and protect the rights of our citizens. Demonstrate your commitment to others by treating them fairly, without giving in to pressure, prejudice or to prejudice,” Ndeitunga implored the joint crime-fighting force.